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State Department Reveals List of Russia Sanctions Targets

by Countable | 10.28.17

What’s the story?

Responding to pressure from both Democrats and Republicans, the Trump administration has released a list of 39 Russian companies and government organizations to target for sanctions. Starting next year, any U.S. company doing business with those on the list will be hit with financial sanctions.

The new sanctions are meant to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and for its actions in Ukraine.

In early August, President Donald Trump reluctantly signed a bill into law which gave the administration until October 1 to produce a list of possible targets for sanctions. The August bill, which Trump said "included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions," also targeted North Korea and Iran with penalties.

The Trump administration missed the October 1 deadline, which resulted in members of Congress pressuring the president to act. On Friday, October 27, the State Department published the list of Russian entities targeted for sanctions on its website.

"The roster of targeted companies and agencies could have broad ramifications for U.S. and foreign entities that have dealings with them," according to the Washington Post.

Why does it matter?

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), who had been critical of Trump’s delay in executing the law, released a joint statement saying that the "administration’s announcement is a step in the right direction."

"By issuing guidance for the implementation of the sanctions legislation, the administration is slowly but surely carrying out the law that Congress passed overwhelmingly this summer," the statement said. It continued:

"Congress will continue to conduct oversight of each step to ensure the administration is following both the letter and the spirit of the law."

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and a vocal Trump critic, said in a statement that Congress "will expect thorough and timely consultation until full implementation is complete."

Asked about the delay in getting Congress the list of sanctions, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert blamed the complexity of the process, and also noted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is "very hands-on in these types of things."

The list, according to experts on Russia contacted by CBS news, "covers most of the Russian defense sector."

Mark Simakovsky, a former Defense Department official and Atlantic Council fellow, told the news outlet that "this seems to be a comprehensive list that broadly covers a significant portion of the Russian defense industry. The administration likely took very seriously the review, required of the legislation, and has sought to abide by the terms."

Five of the six Russian defense contractors included on the State Department list, CBS explained, "are among the 100 biggest defense companies worldwide."

In response to the sanctions, the Russian government accused the U.S. of displaying "hostility."

"These are echoes of unfriendly signs, to be precise, even hostility against our country," Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters on a conference call.

What do you think?

Do you support the sanctions against Russia? Or are they "unfriendly signs"? Will they stop Russia from interfering in future elections? What further sanctions – if any – would you hope to see? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

— Josh Herman

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  • Christine
    10/28/2017
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    Good! Finally consequences for attacking our democracy. You play, you pay.

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  • Nancy
    10/28/2017
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    Stand strong on these sanctions against Russia and make sure this administration enforces them. Russia cares not about America, her laws or values and it is long past time to take action. This administration dragging its feet speaks volumes in light of everything we know and are learning about its collusion with Russia.

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  • Bob
    10/28/2017
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    Only Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin would vote against this. Anyone who does, should be prepared to go home in 2018!

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  • Wendy
    10/28/2017
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    So now he’s going to say “See? I have no ties to Russia.” How convenient that he chooses this moment to impose the sanctions.

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  • S.
    10/28/2017
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    Ok, punish Russia, but also get the US politicians and businesses that are working against America for Russia. Start at the top.

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  • Denise
    10/28/2017
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    Absolutely the sanctions have to be imposed ... the Administration has to - and unequivocally should -comply with the bill passed by Congress. Neither Russia, nor any other foreign entity, can be countenanced meddling in our elections or other aspects of governance.

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  • Don
    10/28/2017
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    I support sanctions against Russia. It has become abundantly clear that the Russian government has been actively involved in efforts to destabilize our governance. Their efforts have been specifically focused on dividing our society along economic, racial and ideological lines. A carefully honed practice that Russia has used in other countries. Our national leadership needs to send a very clearly message that such activity is considered unacceptable and tantamount to an attack on our nation.

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  • DrCindyBean
    10/28/2017
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    Treasonous t RUmp dragged this out and is shutting down the state Department group that enforces sanctions. TRUmp clearly works for Putin and oligarchs and his own profits. Enforce sanctions against RU now. Remove traitor TRUmp and his criminal corrupt cronies.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    10/28/2017
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    Sanctions are needed to put pressure on Russia to show them that they can’t mess with our elections. We can’t afford to let other countries influence our elections.

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  • Pat
    10/28/2017
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    By their interference in our election Russia has caused us a lot of grief. And , I’m sure they are continuing to do what they can to divide and conquer. Let’s hit their government in the pocketbook.

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  • Andrew
    10/28/2017
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    Vote yes and ask Congress to investigate Uranium One deal the Clinton’s and Obama officials who gave Russia 20% of our uranium reserves.

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  • Raymond
    10/28/2017
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    Considering that Obama and Hillary made back door deals for uranium. The blame on President Trump is misplaced. You Democrats should look at your own people at the top.

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  • Robert
    10/28/2017
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    Is the Clinton Foundation (Corrupt) included in this list?

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    10/28/2017
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    I do not see any sanctions on The Trump Empire and all of its many unethical businesses.

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  • Jean
    10/28/2017
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    I just read a comment about the sanctions against Russia & they stated” start at the top”. How about start with the Clintons, on then to Obama, they had many financial gains from Russia.

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  • Walter
    10/28/2017
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    Russian sanctions for aggressive behavior against Ukraine are well earned. Involvement in purchasing inconsequential election ads ... maybe not so much.

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  • Cathy
    10/28/2017
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    Makes sanctioned businesses transparent to corporations and individuals so should be easier to enforce!!

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  • Jerry
    10/28/2017
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    Everyone is against the Trump administration for Russian collusion but it is the Obama administration and Clintons that actually collusion and bribery with the Russians. 20 percent of our Uranium, Clinton foundation bribery and pay to play, etc.

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  • NancyJayne
    10/28/2017
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    About damn time!

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  • Pego
    10/28/2017
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    Enforce these sanctions. Better yet, get rid of this criminal administration, top to bottom.

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